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Providers broadcasting certain Russian channels could lose their licence

18.07.14

Ukraine’s TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has warned that it will seek to have providers’ licences revoked via the courts if they continue to broadcast certain Russian channels known for their extremely biased and often untruthful coverage of events in Ukraine

Ukraine’s TV and Radio Broadcasting Council decided on July 17 to apply to the courts for licences to be cancelled of providers who illegally broadcast the Russian channels Rossiya 1; NTV; TNT; Petersburg 5; Zvezda and REN TV.

The Council says that its decision is prompted by the dangers to Ukraine’s ‘information sphere’ and by the unauthorized removal of Ukrainian TV channels in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and their replacement with Russian channels.

It warns that the broadcasting of these channels will be deemed a flagrant and systemic violation of legislation on television and radio broadcasting.  This will be used as the grounds for seeking to have such providers’ licences cancelled by the court

One of the first things that the Kremlin-backed militants have done after seizing control of an area is to replace Ukrainian with Russian channels.  All the channels mentioned above, and some others, have consistently presented events in Ukraine only from the point of view of the militants; have claimed Ukrainian atrocities, and have on a number of occasions been caught out using video material from a different country as their ‘proof’. 

see also:
Militants accuse Hromadskie TV journalists of ‘spying’
Hromadskie journalists taken prisoner by Luhansk militants
Kremlin-backed militants seize Donetsk journalist union website
Kremlin-backed militants continue intense pressure on journalists
Luhansk civic activist dies after being abducted by Kremlin-backed militants
Abducted pro-Ukrainian activist murdered
Murdered in Slovyansk
US journalist released, others still held hostage in Slovyansk
Donbas: abductions continue as Horlivka politician found murdered
Two journalists still held captive by Slovyansk militants
More and more abductions in annexed Crimea
Russian troops storm Belbek airbase, arrest Commander Yuliy Mamchur

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